Amid all this, the Wildcats pulled within one when Ariel Kramer scored with 7:06 left in regulation. Many more chances would follow, but the Warriors held on. Hinton, Laura Plis, Kayla Rutherford and Erica Ottaviano combined with goalie Marie Mutryn to send the team forward.
This is Niskayuna's first trip to the state final four since 2000. The Warriors (17-3-3) will play long-time Section V power Rochester Aquinas in the semifinals Friday at 2:30 at Homer High School. The winner moves down the road to SUNY Cortland to play in the title game Saturday at 3:30.
Sabres battle elements to beat Salmon River
The Schalmont girls soccer team is headed to the state class B semifinals for the first time after knocking off Section X champion Salmon River 4-0 on a cold, rainy Saturday at SUNY Potsdam.
It rained the whole 80 minutes, and it was cold, but I've got to give the girls a lot of credit. They played a great game, said Schalmont coach Angelo Caschera.
Cayla Volans and Amanda Potter scored first-half goals to give the Sabres (19-3) a 2-0 halftime lead. Lisa Tarquino tallied less than one minute into the second half, and Jessica Strang added a goal with 12 minutes left to seal the victory.
It's the furthest the girls soccer team has advanced in the playoffs. Schalmont has appeared in the Sectional semifinals since 2000 as a class A school, but only won the title once during that time span.
"If we were an A school (this year), I think we would have done the same thing," said Caschera. "These girls are focused. They don't want to stop playing."
Schalmont's next task is facing Section V champion Livonia in Friday's state semifinals at SUNY Cortland.
"Everybody I've talked to said it's a good team like us," Caschera said. "At this point, it doesn't matter who's up there. It's going to be a tough game.""